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>>> good morning. in the state of the union, president obama presses congress on issues including taxes, entitlements, immigration, and gun control. >>> market milestones. the dow turning in its highest close of the year. announcing 1% of an all-time record. >>> and in corporate news, comcast is buying the rest of nbcuniversal from general election for $16.7 billion. it's wednesday, february 13, 2013. "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone, welcome to "squawk box" on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. we are following major stories. after yesterday's close on wall street, u.s. equity futures this morning, well, you see they are fight a little bit higher. -- they are fight a little bit higher. after gains yesterday, the dow up more than 45 points yesterday. our guest host is westwood capital's len bloom. the next hour, famed investor and billionaire real estate tycoon, sam zell. top-ranked money manager don yakman. his fund have seen annual returns of 10% over the last five years. we'll also talk about how business leaders and inv
quality. so we think it's a very fair return. >> david, obama care is coming. how is that going to affect your company? >> we see obama care as driving change in the marketplace and change is good because maybe to your core question, the status quo is not acceptable. we need to take costs out of the system and increase quality. for us, focus more on services. the change in the marketplace is a positive. one of the biggest changes we see happening in the united states is the opportunity to partner with physicians, to collaborate with physicians, to drive increases in health quality. today we have over 50 collaboratives already up and running in the united states where physicians are more paid based on the quality of outcomes haves the quality of services. as a result, people are getting better quality of outcomes, better services and costs are coming out of the system. >> david, give us a -- your outlook for the year ahead and a little bit beyond that. to what extent, when washington is -- it's in the middle right now of the process of trying to find cost savings. do you expect some of tho
coming at us. we got dodd-frank, which isn't out yet, really. and we got obama care. and obama care, when you look at the complexities in that plan, health care costs are going to go up, they're not going to go down. and you've got temporary workers to deal with. retail has got a hell of a problem. going from 35 hours a week to 30 hours a week for a temporary employee. if you've got 50 employees. you want 49. there's so many complexities in these two things. so my concern about acceleration, is regulatory. warren may have a different view of that. >> interesting thing is i agree with everything jack has said, but it's -- it's i don't come away as pessimistic as he does. but he's absolutely right about, you know, about what's happening with health care, and everything. i don't disagree with a word that he said. that he said. >> and i'm not pessimistic, warren. i'm not pessimistic. i just think we -- we're at a position where we could really take off if we had the right policies. >> yeah. well i -- i -- the interesting thing kind of is that america really is doing better than the rest of th
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